These aren’t your average meatballs ladies and gents.

They’re SUPER POWER meatballs.

Why? Because they have super power ingredients. Some of which you may have never heard of, so I’ll share some insight as to what they are and how they benefit you.

Nutritional Yeast

What is it?
It’s a deactivated yeast sold in the form of flakes or powder. It’s popular among the vegans because it’s a complete protein, is naturally low in fat and sodium, and is high in fiber. It has a slight nutty/cheesy flavor so it’s often used as a cheese substitute, but it is extremely versatile. It’s generally fortified with vitamin B12 which we need for:

The top 5 health benefits of vitamin B 12 are: (source)

  • It is needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body.
  • It helps in healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage.
  • It helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamin B12 also protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure.
  • It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.
  • Vitamin B 12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostrate cancer.

Hemp Seeds (1 of the 5 Superfoods you Need to Eat!)

What are they?
Another favorite among the vegans, hemp seeds are also a complete protein which means they contain all of the important amino acids, as well as essential fatty acids. A mere three tablespoons packs a whopping 16 grams of protein and only seven grams of carbohydrates, five of which are from fiber.

Ezekiel Bread

What is it?
Ezekiel bread is a sprouted grain which is easier to digest than whole wheat breads. It’s also a complete protein and contains 18 amino acids, including all 9 essential ones the body can’t produce.

Other benefits: (source)

  • Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Increased Vitamin C – Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B – Sprouting increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6.
  • Great source of Fiber – Combining sprouted grains and legumes gives a good amount of natural fiber in each serving.

 

You can find most of the items at your local health food store or you can purchase them online from iHerb and get $10 OFF your first order of $40 or more AND FREE shipping!!!

Use coupon code COZ833 at check out.

 

As you can see, these are little nutrient powerhouses! And they’re baked, not fried, making them even healthier! I hope you’ll give them a shot. As always, please tag me (on IG, twitter, or Facebook) if you make any of my recipes, and let me know what you think!

SUPER POWER Meatballs
Makes 34 balls

Ingredients:
- 1 lb ground venison (or extra lean ground beef)
- 1 lb 93/7 ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast powder
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 slice ezekiel bread, torn into bread crumb pieces (low sodium, regular, or sesame)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farhenheit.
2. Line two cookie sheets with nonstick foil.
3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and get messy. Mix it all together with your hands until everything is well incorporated.
4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop each ball and put onto the tray, leaving about an inch or two in between balls.
5. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

 

ps I think these would qualify as a #strangebutgood combo.

Wouldn’t you agree, Laura?!

 

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to get a tour of the Simpson Racing store in Brownsburg, Indiana.

I was looking for a few particular items: a helmet, seat belts, and race suit (for Brandon).

Desire, the store manager, has been been with Simpson for over 18 years.

She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it came time to choosing which merchandise was the best fit for us.

The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) requires you to buy equipment that meets their set standards.

I ended up buying one of the best helmets on the market. (Shown below. I did not purchase the neck cover.) It’s made from carbon fiber and is extremely light, which will help take some weight off of my neck and spine.

Since I’m not racing dirt track, I’m hoping it won’t get too much wear and tear and will last me for many years to come.

Another rule not many people would think of, is that the seat belts expire. It’s been a few years since the car I’m driving has been raced so we had to upgrade those for the upcoming season.

There were a lot to choose from but I decided on the this one.

It has a new cam-lock system, opposed to the normal latch and link system. That system has been around for years, but I feel like the new cam-lock will be a little safer, in my opinion. I won’t have to be so worried about accidentally unhooking the seat belt with my arm or hitting it with something else in the car.

The last thing on our must-have list was a suit for my husband.

I just got a new suit for Christmas 2012 so I was already set. Fun fact: I was supposed to race last year but those plans got put on hold when we found out we were expecting.

They had several options to choose from.

But ultimately he chose last year’s model. He liked the appearance of it a little better than most and really liked the way it fit. I can’t find the one he got on the Simpson website, but they have a ton to choose from.

They also had a really great selection of gloves and shoes.

But I am already set in that department too.

Santa had also bought me some new shoes to go with my suit in 2012.

And if you aren’t a racer but still enjoy the sport, they offer Simpson merchandise for men and women – tshirts, hats, and bags.

If you’re looking for new gear, I urge you to stop by this store.

They have everything necessary to start your racing career or to upgrade it, and the staff is very pleasant to work with.

Thanks again for the friendly welcome, Desire! I’ll definitely be back in the future!

ps… who’s ready to go racing?! ;)

 

Disclaimer: I was provided a discount for my review but all opinions are always my own.

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